Before the Chicago Sky made it anywhere near the Women’s National Basketball Association finals against the Phoenix Mercury in 2021, you could find droves of queer women sitting in the spacious stands of the Wintrust Arena supporting Chicago’s home team. With two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker, who is from Naperville, returning to Chicago to join […]
White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodón threw a no-hitter against Cleveland on a Wednesday night in April. Within a couple hours of that victory, Chicago artist Mike Noren tweeted a hand-drawn homage to the grand achievement under the handle Gummy Arts—that’s the name Noren uses for his sprawling oeuvre of homemade trading cards that feature lovingly […]
It’s an hour or so before game time, and I’m up in the nosebleed section, waiting for my beloved Bulls to start playing, and wondering what, oh what, to write about for the Best of Chicago issue. And all of a sudden it hits me—right there in front of my face. Up on the huge, […]
The people, places, and things voted Chicago’s best—and runners-up: professional women’s sports team, professional men’s sports team, sports facility, athlete, sports TV or radio announcer, lake swimming spot, canoe or kayak rentals, neighborhood park, dog park, and more
Winners were announced in the March 3, 2022 special issue: Best of Chicago 2021 chicagoreader.com/best.
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We really could have used a win this year, and yet.
From Brianna Wellen’s introduction, “Losses and gains: Best of Chicago 2020”: Some business to get out of the way: the reader poll results were determined by you, the readers! If you’re angry about the results, you only have yourselves to blame! Let this be a reminder to keep a close eye on when voting begins […]
Will we ever rent shoes again?
We should all be fans of the Chicago Sky, the Chicago Red Stars, and the Chicago North Stars.
Pat Foley Runner-Up Jason Benetti
Bike the Drive Runner-Up Critical Mass Finalist: 2WheelGods x Party Noire: Black Joy Ride
Montrose Dog Beach Runner-Up Horner Park
Billy Caldwell Golf Course Runner-Up Jackson Park Golf Course